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26 July 2015

Streaming through Summer

I am choosing to leave Atticus Finch just where I left him. A fictional hero who has stood the test of time and whose struggles,compassion,wisdom and grace resonate today as they did in 1960. Jean Louise's dad may be fiction, and we know real heroes walk amongst us everyday, but integrity, courage and character with a capital C are needed in our popular culture.  It would be a unforgivable if To Kill a Mockingbird's lesson plan in every Junior High school now had to come with an asterisk.   I have no  interest in picking up To Set a Watchman ,Harper Lee's new/old novel. She apparently wrote this before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize winning classic.  I like my heroes in tact thank you very much... and of course there is always Gregory Peck to remind me why To Kill a Mockingbird means so much to so many.  “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

This summer in fact is more about dusting off my books than reading them...Summer is flying by without me. I'm not sure where July has gone, or June for that matter-wasn't I just shoveling my way out the back door?  In the precious down moments that I can grab I seem to be streaming ,sadly not reading, but there are heroes there too.

  Poldark on PBS, a remake of the 1970s series based on the novels of Winston Graham's 18thc romantic saga.  I remember the original series  but this production has me captivated. Ross Poldark is a romantic hero for any age! and Aidan Turner has a screen presence you cannot take your eyes from.  Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza is pitch perfect as the scrappy urchin who blossoms into a strong and fiery woman who  can hold her own in any situation.  A sweeping, romantic, wonderful adventure.

 Also on the Summer Stream List :

The Astronaut Wives Club-Based on the true lives of the first astronauts' wives...there was a lot more happening on the ground than in space...love the clothes!

Gossip Girl-the clothes, the apartments, the characters...addicting.

The Hour -a 1950s BBC newsroom filled with dark mystery and passion.

The Newsroom-and speaking of newsroom Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer are wonderful in this perfectly scripted Aaron Sorkin series.

Death Comes to Pemberley -based on PD James novel-I love the after-story of Elizabeth and Darcey

Sherlock-Not your typical hero... but Oh Mr. Holmes!

Gilmore Girls-Don't miss the chance to hang with the girls in Stars Hollow.

Downton Abbey-Enough said but watch it from the beginning!

Friday Night Lights-Get ready for football season or just believe in "clear eyes full hearts"  

The Jewel in the Crown-Critically applauded 1980s series set in the last days of the British presence in India.

Pride and Prejudice-Colin Firth!

Grand Hotel-A soapy Spanish period drama set in...a Grand Hotel

Velvet-Love, Romance, Drama all in an upstairs downstairs family saga department store setting in Madrid in the 1960s-come for the clothes stay for the characters.

Grace of Monaco -again... the clothes, the sets...

...And while we wait for the return of Project Runway:

Charade-Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and Paris-you need more??

Roman Holiday-Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn and Rome-you need more?

Houseboat- A Perfect summer spot

 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid -Like you would miss a chance to spend time with Newman and Redford

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day-Adore Frances McDormand and Amy Adams in this delicious fluffy film

Lawrence of Arabia-as big as it gets!

An Affair to Remember...and you will!

How to Steal a Million-Audrey, Peter O'Toole and Givenchy in Paris!

When Harry met Sally-It still works!

A Room with a View -Florence Italy, E.m. Forester tale, Maggie Smith--enjoy!,

It Happened One Night-Classic is as Classic does!

Happy Summer Streaming!